Here's a feel-good project update from Janet - one of Directors in Freetown. It summarizes the impact we are making together:
The scholarship beneficiaries and their families extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to all Develop Africa and Global Giving supporters for the God-given opportunity accorded the children to enroll and stay in school - so that they will realize their dreams of becoming professionals in their various aspirations. Indeed words cannot articulate enough their profound gratitude for the support towards their education.
Without the on-going support that you help provide many of the children would not have been in school. The funds disbursed to the children help their parents/guardians to buy uniforms, books, school bags, shoes, and pay school fees and charges, which generally prevents children from being enrolled into school or drop out of school.
Fatu M, one of the beneficiaries was delighted to receive a scholarship. Her father fell ill last year, suffering from stroke paralysis. All their meager resources have been used to seek a cure for the father. The mother’s petty trading came to a halt and has used the capital to seek medical attention for her husband. She also had to temporarily stop the business to care for her husband, as they moved from place to place in search of cure. This misfortune has caused Fatu’s two brothers to drop out of school for now because their parents had no money to support their education.
Thanks for support received Fatu is going to school. She would have been in the same plight as their brothers if they had not received support from Develop Africa. Fatu had this to say:
“I want to thank our sponsors and Develop Africa very much for helping me to continue with my education. I am so very grateful for the support. I will grow up to be a great woman because I am going to school. Thank you sponsors and Develop Africa. May God always bless you.”
When the going gets tough and you wonder whether it's worth it all - stop and think about Fatu - and how you are helping to keep her and many others in school. Your support is making a huge difference. Together we are helping to support the education of determined girls like Fatu. Together, we are helping to nurture the seeds of greatness within them. This is priceless!
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